What is the Best pet?
By Dr. Eva Evans, a veterinarian and writer for Pets Best, a dog health insurance and cat health insurance agency.
With so much love in the air this time of year, it’s a great time to reflect on the love we have for our pets. While we no doubt love our furry babies, the heart of the matter is that they love us just as much! The news is full of pets performing heroic acts to save their owners, as well as cute videos of puppies curling up with human babies and cats adopting other species as their own.
It’s no secret that animals and humans share a special bond. It’s also well known that being around pets can positively impact your health too! In fact, there are numerous studies on the health benefits associated with being around animals, specifically involving touch. The healing power of touch doesn’t just apply to humans. Pets can benefit from human touch including petting and massage as well. Take this to heart: A study from Vanderbilt University found that therapy dogs had a major positive effect on children undergoing chemotherapy. Pediatric cancer patients who were exposed to therapy dogs had decreased anxiety and were able to adapt better socially after their chemotherapy treatments. Pets aren’t just good for our physical health, they also improve mental health! A study by the American Psychological Association found that pet owners tended to be less lonely, more physically fit, less fearful and possess greater self-esteem than non-pet owners. Pets help ward off loneliness and counter feelings of rejection that can occur in everyday life. According to the APA study, pets also give people a meaningful existence.
As a subset of the human-animal bond, therapy pets are making a difference in the lives of many people. Therapy pets truly are the heart and soul of wellness. Therapy pets (which includes mainly dogs but also cats, horses, pigs, rabbits, goats and more) have changed lives for people struggling with physical, mental and emotional issues. Therapy pets are being used to help rehabilitate inmates, decrease PTSD in soldiers returning from war, help autistic children cope with new environments and increase immune function in people with illnesses. Therapy dogs are becoming common in classrooms across the nation as they help students feel more at ease which translates into better grades. In fact, Pets Best recognizes superb therapy dogs, those who put their heart into working with children, every March with their “Books & Barks” contest.How to boil water in microwave? What does a breast cyst feel like? How to change airpod name? How to be an antiracist? How to put nail tips on at home? How much wet food to feed a kitten? What does deliberately mean? Tips on how to be a great letter carrier? What are my red flags? how to stop nvidia web helper service How to identify a female seed? How drummond money coutts does his tricks? Meaning of where the wild things are? What are doe eyes? What does species mean? How to stop being lazy? How to make roblox clothes? What is the meaning of neda? How to find kinetic energy? How to make a molotov cocktail? How to share instagram profile? What is the meaning of extort? How to predict the number of dice tricks? What does it mean when your eyes are yellow? How to buy bnb? What does jose mean? What are constipating foods? how to delete old updates wii u usb helper What does wyo mean in text message? How to remove eye bags permanently? How to find lcm? How wake up tips morning? How do i check to see if someone is using my social security number? How to spell christmas? How to take off exhaust tips porsche boxster? What does dtd mean? How to tips get to employees? What is the meaning of namaste? How much more money do women make in tips? What does the strength tarot card mean? What is racial injustice meaning? How to end an email? How to unblock pop ups on mac? How to smoke a pork shoulder? Card game guess how many tricks? How to fix dry hair? How to save photo tips for today app store? How to make a public profile on snapchat? How to add pictures to tiktok? where to buy hamburger helper bold How to do kegels? how to make hamburger helper cheesy italian shells What is a corporation? what hearthstone arena helper does kripp use How to get parrot off shoulder minecraft? Tips on how to stock my pantry for plant based diet? What does mile mean? How does the couplet form support the meaning of the lines? How to stop vaginal itching? How to peel butternut squash? How long to air fry asparagus? what does amazon music helper do mac Tips for buying homes from the va when you pay cash? What does normative mean? What is an inverter generator? wii u usb helper how to make app files into wub What japanese restaurant has the knife tricks? What is meaning of menopause? How to stop sweaty hands? What is the eye of horus meaning? Nintendogs french bulldog how to teach tricks? mac why is google chrome helper taking up so much memory How does hormonal contraceptives work "tricks the body"? How to make wood burning pen tips? How to get tips off of soldering irons? What does yeet mean? How to use bait stardew valley? How to play blackjack tips? Tips on how to have conversation with older parents? How long does it take after conception to become pregnant? Why are the tips of penis shaped like a mushroom? 5 tips for eating healthy when eating out? What is the meaning of sparkle? What are gallstones? How to treat vaginismus? What does chubby mean? What does smb mean? How much do waiters make in tips a day? What is bts army meaning? What does 6 n is not enough mean? What does pup mean? How to delete pinterest account? what is twin pack hamburger helper What is the meaning of npt in pharmacy? What does materialistic mean? How to inspect element? What tricks can i teach my parret? how to make hamburger helper four cheese lasagna What is medicare wages and tips on my w2? How tofpv tricks? When someone appears in your dreams meaning? What is blockchain?